Research projects

Adler#

The project partners are developing an optimized LiDAR measuring device with a new verification concept for determining wind resources. Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), InnovateUK, 03/19 - 11/21

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AFLOWT#

A floating offshore platform will be developed and tested in an offshore trial at Ireland´s west coast. This demonstration is supposed to show that the structure is survivable in a deep-water environment and also cost-effective.
Interreg North West Europe, 10/2018 – 12/2022

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AVIMo#

The AVIMo research project focuses on the relationships between the movement of vessels and delays of work activities in offshore wind farms. The overall goal of the project is to combine weather and sea state data with specifically modeled work vessel movements in a logistical planning demonstrator.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021

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BeLeb#

The project partners are joining forces in order to improve the effectiveness of known protective mechanisms for rotor blades significantly. This will result in reduced time and money invested in repairs and maintenance.
BMWi, 12/2017 – 11/2021

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BladeFactory#

IWES researchers will develop and test production methods to reduce the production time for rotor blades. To this end, the team is working to parallelize production steps. In addition, a 3D laser measurement system, which is suitable for assuring the quality of blade production, will be tested for the first time.
BMWi, 10/2018 – 03/2022

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Coast 2.0#

Together with its project partners, Fraunhofer IWES is developing COAST 2.0, a software solution for optimizing the costs and risks of weather-dependent offshore and T&I activities.
BMWi, 07/2018 – 06/2021

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Digital Wind Buoy#

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing an extended methodology to determine the wind potential of offshore wind farm clusters based on the short-term measurement data from a floating lidar system.
BMWi, 06/2020 – 11/2022

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DigMa#

The project partners are developing and testing a digital, automated maintenance communication system that makes it easier to compare and evaluate experiences in the operation of wind farms.
BMWi, 08/2020 – 01/2023

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Dy-Rex#

Fraunhofer IWES is developing control strategies for the load management of rolling bearings in order to prevent damage to bearings through optimized operating situations.
BMWi, 02/2021 – 04/2022

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FLAMINGO#

The project partners are investigating the possible use of individual pitch control (IPC) in order to identify various optimization options for wind turbines. The goal is to reduce fatigue loads and sound emissions using IPC and, at the same time, have a positive impact on power generation and optimize the wind field in the wake of wind turbines.
BMWi, 01/2020 - 12/2022

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Future rotor blade concept#

As part of the “Future rotor blade concept” research project, scientists at Fraunhofer IWES are developing new methods to test rotor blade prototypes that provide significantly more realistic data and allow a load-appropriate design to be produced. At the conclusion of the first phase of the research project, which will take five years in total, the infrastructure will be operational and the test methods developed to significantly reduce energy production costs.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen) 12/2015 - 12/2021

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Future Concept Operational Stability Rotor Blades Phase II#

The aim of the project is to ensure that experimental testing of very long rotor blades remains economically viable for manufacturers. New testing procedures for the investigation of segments will offer a better understanding of critical areas and thus increase the informative value of the tests considerably.
BMWi, EFRE (Land Bremen), BMBF 01/2019 - 12/2021

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Green Hydrogen for Bremerhaven#

This model project comprises the development of a hydrogen production unit and a value-added chain in Bremerhaven. The project partners ttz Bremerhaven, Hochschule Bremerhaven and Fraunhofer IWES will test applications in the logistics and transport sector as well as the food industry.
EFRE, 03/2020 - 02/2022

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Grout-WATCH#

The project partners are working on the development of the demonstrator of a measuring system capable of investigating and evaluating the damage process of a grouted joint on offshore wind turbines.
BMWi, 03/2020 - 02/2023

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Gusswelle#

The project partners are determining the component properties for casted shafts made using the chill casting process in order to design load- and material-optimized components for wind turbines using modern casting methods.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021

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HANNAH#

Innovative materials - hybrid materials and nano-modified material systems - will be developed and tested. The target is to achieve greater insights into the effect and damage mechanisms of these material systems. Especially the challenges associated with the processing on an industrial scale will be examined.
BMWi, 03/2019 - 02/2022

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HAPT - Highly Accelerated Pitch Bearing Test#

In the HAPT research project researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems work to establish the foundations for the further development of blade bearings. It is also aimed that the project results will allow the use of individual pitch control systems for load reduction – a primary goal of the manufacturers.
BMWi, 01/2016 - 06/2021

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HBDV#

To date, there are no certified approaches for estimating the service life of rotor blade bearings. The HBDV joint project "Design of Highly Loaded Slewing Bearings" aims to draw up a guideline with the aid of which rotor blade bearings can be designed safely and uniformly in the future.
BMWi, 10/2018 - 09/2021

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HighRe#

With the aim of rendering the design of large rotor blades as cost-effective as possible, Fraunhofer IWES will investigate in the HighRe project common design procedures and assess their validity. This involves measurements on one of the world’s largest wind turbines.
BMWi, 06/2019 - 05/2022

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HiL-GridCoP#

Within the project, a new test stand is being set up and a new testing methodology for minimal systems – comprising a high-speed generator and a converter system for WT - will be developed. The aim is to accelerate the procedure of electrical certification and to improve predictability of the market launch for new products.
BMWi, 07/2017 - 08/2021

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HiPE-WiND
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In order to test the high-performance electronics used in wind turbines subject to combined climatic and electrical loading realistically, test and trial facilities for complete converters are being developed for turbines with outputs of up to 10 MW. For this reason, the causes of failure are also being researched and concepts for optimizing the robustness of power electronics are being developed and tested in experiments.
BMWi, 10/2017 - 12/2021

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Ho-Pile #

Together with the project partners Institute for Geotechnical Engineering (IGtH) and Test Center Support Structures in Hannover (TTH) (both affiliated with the Leibniz University Hannover), the IWES is investigating the applicability of approaches to describe the soil-structure interaction of monopile foundation under cyclic loading by means of large tests.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021

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iBAC#

The project partners are developing an intelligent control strategy for wind turbines which is able to guarantee the effective protection of blade bearings and, at the same, keep yield losses and additional loads on turbines to a minimum.
BMWi, 06/2019 - 05/2022

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IBOW#

The project partners are developing and testing sensors which enable point measurement of the wind speed in front of the rotor of a wind turbine.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021

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InGROW#

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing a novel foundation structure for offshore wind turbines that expands existing monopile foundations to enable repowering without having to replace the foundations completely. 
BMWi, 03/2019 - 08/2021

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KliWiSt#

The project partners Fraunhofer IWES and GERICS are working to determine the impact of climate change on wind potential in the next 50 years in order to derive specific recommendations for action so as to take these effects into account in wind farm yield assessments. 
BMWi, 02/2021 - 01/2024

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LastVal
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Within the scope of the LastVal project, Fraunhofer IWES is developing a laboratory environment for validating complete mechanical systems by means of the defined overlaying of loads in a scaled range. The results are supposed to help wind turbine developers to optimize modeling and simulation processes.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 05/2021

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Malibu
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Development of a simulation model for wind measurement campaigns employing a LiDAR buoy. The simulation makes it possible to quantify the buoy’s measurement uncertainties even prior to the measurement campaign.
BMWi / PtJ, 07/2017 – 04/2021

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MegayachtSchaum#

Within the project, a new hybrid material based on epoxy foam will be examined and qualified. Especially the damage process at positions where two materials are connected will gain attention. The development of testing and monitoring methods that are attuned precisely to the material properties complement the project.
BMWi / PtJ, 01/2019 – 12/2021

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Mobil-Grid-CoP#

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing and operating a mobile grid simulator with an output of 80 megavolt-amperes (MVA) to measure the electrical properties of wind turbines and to demonstrate current and future grid system services.
BMWi, 01/2020 - 03/2023

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MoBo#

Development of a monitoring buoy for autonomous, large-scale measurement of environmental marine data for planning officers and the offshore economy. The buoy records the environmental parameters at sea with an extended range: up to a height of 200 meters and across the entire water column thanks to the use of a chain of sensors.
BMWi, 12/2016 - 05/2021

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MultiMonitor RB#

This project aims to develop a comprehensive damage monitoring system for rotor blades and will utilize both acoustic and structural mechanical processes to pinpoint damage, detect damage to rotor blades at an early stage, and prevent system downtimes and yield losses.
BMBF, 03/2017 – 09/2021

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OptAnIce#

Icing on wind turbines can cause severe loss of earnings. The partners of the project OptAn-Ice will improve the usage of anti-icing techniques on wind turbines blades for developers and operators. CFD simulations will be compared and validated with experimental testing results. Testing series with blade coatings will be conducted, and icing at a certain turbine type will be simulated.
BMWi, 01/2018 - 06/2021

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OptiMUm#

Fraunhofer IWES is developing novel material models for rotor blades that, with optimized blade mass, ensure reliable operation even under extreme temperature conditions.
BMWi, 04/2020 - 03/2024

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power4re#

The project partners are developing effective solutions for increasing the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the scope of the internal program PREPARE, 03/2020 - 02/2023

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PQ4Wind#

The project partners are developing and trying out a test facility for the frequency converters of multi-megawatt wind turbines with the aim of being able to validate and optimize the impact they have on grid stability.
BMWi, 12/2019 - 07/2023

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ProBucket#

The project partners are optimizing the multi-bucket concept as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative for offshore wind turbine foundations. 
BMWi, 09/2020 - 08/2023

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RadKom-QS#

The cooperative project RadKom-QS has the goal of developing a novel, autonomous and cost-effective sensor network that is integrated during the production stage and enables remote monitoring of operational rotor blades.
BMWi, 11/2018-10/2021

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RAVE#

The RAVE research initiative has accompanied the first German offshore wind park for research purpose right from the start and linked up the projects associated with the 12 offshore turbines. The main goals of the new research project are reduction of the levelized cost of energy and riskassessment. Within "OpenRAVE" Fraunhofer IWES will continue to coordinate the research activities in the years to come and along with the public relations work.
BMWi, 02/2020 – 01/2025

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RealCoE#

The project ReaLCoE aims at unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide. Over the course of the project, the consortium will develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.
EC Horizon 2020, 05/2018 – 09/2021

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ReCoWind#

The influencing factors that trigger defects of power electronic components will be systematically assessed in order to develop efficient protection.  On the basis of experimental investigations, damage models and models for calculation of the remaining service life are generated. At the same time, comprehensive failure and operating data is evaluated and field measurements are carried out.
BMWi, 12/2018 - 11/2021

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ReliaBlade#

Denmark's Tekniske Universitet and Fraunhofer IWES will be researching how the reliability of rotor blades can be improved in a collaboration including other alliance partners from across Denmark and Germany.
BMWi, 11/2018 – 10/2022

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ResoWind#

The project partners are developing a technically optimized, resonance-based test method to investigate the soil-structure interactions of offshore foundation structures and allow fatigue testing of large components.
BMWi, 01/2019 – 05/2022

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Restrike XL#

The project is supposed to improve installation methods for offshore wind turbines and to stimulate the use of noise-reduced vibration for pile driving. The focus is on the physical causes of the set-up effect observed at both - rammed and vibration-driven piles.
BMWi, 11/2017 – 11/2021

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SASACD#

The project partners are developing a new measurement method to localize and determine the depth of burial of power cables in the sea floor.
BMWi, 11/2020 - 10/2023

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SOBeKo#

The project partners are developing operational management and maintenance strategies for offshore wind farms that are optimized for the fluctuating power market prices and making a corresponding evaluation tool available.
BMWi, 04/2019 - 05/2022

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SUnDAY#

Improved Calculation Methods for Assessing Wind Farm Sites – “SUnDAY”. The project partners are using computational simulations in order to determine the scale and relevance of uncertainty factors when calculating wind farm sites.
BMWi, 11/2019 - 10/2022

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SynCore#

The project partners are developing and testing a methodology for the optimal use of subsoil exploration data in the development of offshore wind farms. 
BMWi, 03/2020 - 02/2023

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VIPile#

The project partners are developing evaluation models for vibration procedures for the installation of monopiles for offshore wind turbines.
BMWi, 08/2020 - 07/2023

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VirtGondel#

The Fraunhofer IWES is developing a virtual nacelle test bench which will facilitate improved and more cost-efficient test methods for wind turbine nacelles on the full-size test bench. 
BMWi, 06/2020 - 05/2023

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Wind farm RADAR #

The wind farm RADAR project enables the use of a new technology to measure wind fields. 
BMWi, 08/2020 - 02/2024

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Wind-Lidar-Boje NG#

Fraunhofer IWES is developing a next-generation floating lidar system (FLS) which satisfies industry requirements in terms of reliability and practicability.
BMWi, 02/2021 - 01/2024

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Wind Turbine Doctor
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Within the scope of the Wind Turbine Doctor project, the project partners are employing stochastic methods to optimize the monitoring and maintenance of wind turbines. The aim is to develop an innovative monitoring tool for wind turbines based on existing sensor technology and data collection systems.
BMWi, 06/2018 - 11/2021

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WiSA big data #

The project partners are developing a virtual wind farm site assistant which will be able to optimize operational management and maintenance using early fault detection methods on the basis of high-resolution data.
BMWi, PtJ 12/2019 - 11/2022

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X-Wakes #

The project partners are examining the impact that offshore wind farms have on each other. Meteorological data are being collected using various measurement methods and, on the basis of this, models for future expansion scenarios will be developed. 
BMWi 11/2019 - 10/2022

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